Former Johnston Memorial to become Fo...

Former Johnston Memorial to become Food City HQ

There are 71 comments on the Http story from Jun 3, 2011, titled Former Johnston Memorial to become Food City HQ. In it, Http reports that:

Not only will Food City build its new corporate headquarters on the site of the old Johnston Memorial Hospital, but the King School of Medicine could locate there as well.

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would be nice

Lebanon, VA

#1 Jun 4, 2011
if the Court Street Cafe could be kept open by whoever uses the old hospital bldg
Jake in Abingdon

Murfreesboro, TN

#2 Jun 4, 2011
This is a great deal all the way around...but there's a big push to locate the King Medical School near the Higher Ed Center.

If that happens, Food City will probably level the old hospital and build a new headquarters building.

At least it won't set there and decay for 50 years like the old Kings Mountain Hospital in Bristol.

Since: Nov 10

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#3 Jun 5, 2011
Level Johnston Memorial Hospital. Wow, how sad. This beautiful old building that stood so many years as a beacon to those in need of care. I was shocked when they added the parking deck and hid the elegant front. Oh, I know it's still there, but you can't see it from the street. A necessary convenience I'm sure, but it could have been put at the end of the parking lot.
Such a beautiful building that speaks volumns about Abingdon's past and the pride of community when it was built. A building built when there was only one other place in town of equal elegance; which itself stood unused and ignored for many years. Would Abingdon be the tourist town it is today if the Martha had been torn down? Will this be another "unique" piece of our history that is lost and fifty years from now a replica is built in its honor?
Just my opinion...

Since: May 09

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#4 Jun 5, 2011
would be nice wrote:
if the Court Street Cafe could be kept open by whoever uses the old hospital bldg
The Cafe is being maintained at the new hospital and named in honor of one of the volunteers that has worked at the Cafe for years.
NOT EXACLY TRUE

Lebanon, VA

#5 Jun 5, 2011
RNEMTI wrote:
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The Cafe is being maintained at the new hospital and named in honor of one of the volunteers that has worked at the Cafe for years.
The Court Street Cafe as it is today will operate it's last day on June 23, 2011. The new hospital an name their cafe/eating area anyting they want, but it will not be an active operation as it is today. Hope you like the machines from which you will get food from unless you eat in the cafeteria.

Since: May 09

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#6 Jun 5, 2011
NOT EXACLY TRUE wrote:
<quoted text>The Court Street Cafe as it is today will operate it's last day on June 23, 2011. The new hospital an name their cafe/eating area anyting they want, but it will not be an active operation as it is today. Hope you like the machines from which you will get food from unless you eat in the cafeteria.
Then there must have been a change in plans because last I heard it was still going to be in operation.
Victor

New Hope, VA

#7 Jun 5, 2011
I wonder if Steve was able to buy the property for almost nothing like he did for the old Vansant School Property. No one in Abingdon wants to talk about the sales price. We may never know if a fair price was paid or not.

Since: May 11

Danville, VA

#8 Jun 6, 2011
court street cafe will not be in the new hospital although the cafeteria will have a similar name. Hospital will probally have to be torn down and rebuilt know matter what they do with it because of the mold issue.
The Big Secret

Lebanon, VA

#9 Jun 6, 2011
Victor wrote:
I wonder if Steve was able to buy the property for almost nothing like he did for the old Vansant School Property. No one in Abingdon wants to talk about the sales price. We may never know if a fair price was paid or not.
Of course he got it for practically nothing. How many MILLION did the Tobacco Comission pay on it for Steve, Was it 8 Million $? I'm not sure but whatever it was shouldn't have been? Why is tobacco money going to Food City. Funny how this deal was pulled off in complete secrecy. Wonder how many palms gets padded?
Jay

Abingdon, VA

#10 Jun 7, 2011
Our region does not need another medical school. The ETSU medical school is underfunded, but available to students in Southwestern Virginia at in-state tuition. The money available to King is much needed by the ETSU medical school. If King College proceeds with a medical school, an empty hospital is not the best facility. King needs classrooms - not empty hospital rooms. It would cost a fortune to convert the old Johnston Memorial Hospital to a medical school. As for the old Johnston Memorial Hospital, it needs to be converted to a nursing home. As another blogger wrote - Steve Smith probably got the old hospital for practically nothing. Now, he wants King College's $40 million dollars to help build his Food City empire. If Smith doesn't get the money for renovation from King, he's going to get stuck with a white elephant full of asbestos - which will cost a fortune to clean-up. Get ready Food City shoppers - your grocery prices are going up again.
Just Me

Johnson City, TN

#11 Jun 7, 2011
Just another crooked deal by our crooked supervisors for another bunch of low life crooks that run Food City.Steve Smith is the lowest form of life that ever drew a breath.
Jay

Abingdon, VA

#12 Jun 7, 2011
Just Me wrote:
Just another crooked deal by our crooked supervisors for another bunch of low life crooks that run Food City.Steve Smith is the lowest form of life that ever drew a breath.
You are right about the supervisors. That's the reason Walmart has been kept out of town. Walmart would provide much needed competition to Food City.
Jake in Abingdon

Murfreesboro, TN

#13 Jun 8, 2011
These venom-filled comments about Steve Smith and Food City are way off base, and makes me wonder where all this anger is coming from. Did some of you commentators fail to make the grade as Food City checkers?
Steve Smith needs no defense from anyone, but he - and his late father - have been close friends of mine for years. The Smiths are fine people who have done more for this region than you mouth-breathers could ever realize.
I continue to be amazed at the ignorance and prejudice displayed daily on Topix. You people need to get a life.
Just Me

Johnson City, TN

#14 Jun 9, 2011
No because I'm a supplier that sells to Food City.They want pay their bills.They make you wait on your money till they decide to.And they are the rudest bunch of people I have ever dealt with.
Old Neighbor

New Hope, VA

#15 Jun 9, 2011
Jake in Abingdon wrote:
These venom-filled comments about Steve Smith and Food City are way off base, and makes me wonder where all this anger is coming from. Did some of you commentators fail to make the grade as Food City checkers?
Steve Smith needs no defense from anyone, but he - and his late father - have been close friends of mine for years. The Smiths are fine people who have done more for this region than you mouth-breathers could ever realize.
I continue to be amazed at the ignorance and prejudice displayed daily on Topix. You people need to get a life.
You really can 't know the Smiths very well if you like them.
Just Me

Johnson City, TN

#16 Jun 9, 2011
Must be just like them.Ask people that NEED a job and work for him and see what they say.
Abingdon

Chesterfield, MO

#17 Jun 12, 2011
Abingdon is a beautiful place rich in history
Meadowview Resident

Rustburg, VA

#18 Jun 12, 2011
from BHC
On Thursday, Republican Israel O’Quinn announced his intentions to run in the November election for the House seat that’s currently being held by Delegate Bill Carrico, R-Fries. He currently works as the government and community affairs director for K-VA-T, the parent company of Food City grocery stores.

In his statement, O’Quinn touched on his service to the region as a member of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, a member of the Virginia Public Safety Foundation’s board of directors and president-elect of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce.
Just Me

Johnson City, TN

#19 Jun 13, 2011
Abingdon wrote:
Abingdon is a beautiful place rich in history
And the rich snobs that have moved in here think they own everything have ruined Abingdon for those that have lived and paid taxes here all their lives.The working people of Washington Co. are treated like dirt.Abingdon has become a snob retirement village!
Hopeful

Abingdon, VA

#20 Jun 14, 2011
How are the working people treated like dirt? I work, get treated very well and still struggle to make it. Just because you have financial difficulties in life doesn't mean you have a right to get pissed at Steve Smith. Hell, at leastt he's putting the money in our community rather than outsourcing. If your going to go after the corporations, at least talk about one that doesn't pay their dues to the communities. And hello, Wal-Mart is anywhere from 7-12 miles from almost anywhere in Abingdon. Abingdon needs to preserve it's history and status, therefore we need all the "snobs" as you call them. They are the ones who pay for everything that goes on and until someone else pulls out the money, it will have to continue.

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